Resonate – Glenn Hughes

 
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Posted 10th December 2017 by

 
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Glenn Hughes

What a career this man has had.

First coming to prominence as the Bassist and Singer with Funk Rock band Trapeze in 1969, whilst with them Hughes recorded three fine albums. Then, in 1973, the young Glenn Hughes was lured away by the bright lights, fame and fortune of Deep Purple who were attracted by his Bass playing and his voice giving Deep Purple a dual Vocals attack of both Hughes and David Coverdale. Coverdale and Hughes replacing both Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to give us the Deep Purple Line up commonly known as Deep Purple Mark 3.

The band retired to the studio and recorded the seminal album Burn (1974) In April of that year Deep Purple were one of the headliners of the California Jam along with Emerson Lake and Palmer and Black Sabbath. This was David Coverdale’s first ever professional band and only this line up of the band’s third appearance in front of a paying audience. The attendance at the California Jam is estimated between 300,000- 400,000. A pretty daunting prospect which everybody dealt with in their own way and many suspect this was the beginning of Glenn Hughes downward spiral into the depths of the excesses of Rock ’n’ Roll’s darker side. Certainly Glenn Hughes’ introduction to the song Mistreated is interrupted by a huge sniff in the middle rather giving the game away. Purple struggling on for two more albums before imploding in acrimony going from one of the biggest Bands in the world to a virtual laughing stock.

Once the Band were finally all over Glenn Hughes played with a multitude of musicians, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, an excellent album with Pat Thrall which was thwarted by both musicians not being in a fit state to get to the stage and promote the album. On paper a match made in Heaven, but in actual fact in Hell. Solo albums were released and disappeared without trace with no album featuring any cohesion or direction.

By the end of the Eighties even Glenn Hughes himself realized he was in trouble and more rehab was required and a serious attempt to clean his act up was made. Fortunately by 1991 Glen Hughes was drug and alcohol free and able to continue his career.

After some solid work in the Nineties and Noughties he formed the super group Black Country Communion in 2009 with Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham. The band released three successful albums and toured the world to great acclaim. Glenn Hughes, clean and sober, was back.

The one thing he had never done was release a truly great album under his own name.

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Well now he has and Resonate is that album. Every track is a real winner that drives out of the grooves like a runaway train. The First three tracks send out the notification that this is a solid Rock album. The other remaining tracks although all of the highest quality show a lot more versatility. Glenn is in powerful voice and his Bass playing is the best it’s ever been. But although this is a solo album the work of his band must not be over looked. Soren Andersen leads his guitar skills all over the album with some really dirty Rock ’n’ Roll. Ponius Enborg is a considerably skillful drummer, whilst the real find is Lachy Doley who holds the whole thing together like Glenn Hughes’ old partner used to do in Deep Purple, the great late Jon Lord. His Keyboard solo in the song God Of Money has to be a tribute to the great keyboard player.

No album review would be complete with out a mention of the beautiful ballad Nothing is the Same with Glenn Hughes singing over a simple acoustic guitar. After the bombast of the previous bombast eleven tracks, a lovely way to end the album.

With a new Black Country Communion album ready for release, Glenn Hughes is at the grand age of 65 in a fine Purple patch.

Players:
Glenn Hughes – Bass and vocals.
Soren Andersen – Guitars.
Ponius Enborg – Drums
Lachy Doley – Keyboard

Songs:
Heavy
My Town
Flow
Let It Shine
Steady
God Of Money
How Long
When I Fall
Land Mines
Stumble and Go
Long Time Gone.
Nothing’s the Same

Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells


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